We are so pleased that Samira Mian’s classes have become a feature of OPEN’s programme!
The exhibition of participants’ recent achievements is a strong testimony of Samira’s teaching skills.
For those of you who have become hooked and for the ones who undoubtedly will, Samira has designed two short courses in May and July. Each course lasts four weeks. There are sessions planned for Tuesday evenings or Thursday afternoons to accommodate schedules – you can choose either session as the content is the same
Timings: Tuesday evenings | 2, 9, 16 & 23 May | 7-9pm – sold out
Thursday afternoons | 4, 11, 18, 25 May | 2-4pm
The eight hour course enables students to understand the geometry behind Islamic Geometric Patterns, which have adorned the walls of mosques, madrassas and palaces for over 12 centuries.
We explore twelve-fold patterns, their variations and alternatives for tiling. Each drawing begins with a plain piece of paper, layers of lines and circles are drawn using a compass and straight edge. From this underlying grid, a beautiful pattern will emerge.
The drawings and explorations of the first three sessions will culminate in students producing a final piece, bringing together their chosen variations to produce a complete twelve-fold composition.
Date: June – July
Timings: Tuesday evenings | 7 – 9pm | 4, 11, 18 & 25 July
Thursday afternoons | 2 -4pm | 29 June, 6, 13 & 20 July
The eight hour course enables students to understand the geometry behind the Zellige patterns of Al Maghreb and Al Andalus ( Morocco and Southern Spain). Zellige is tilework made from individually chiselled geometric tiles set into a plaster base used to ornament walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, pools and tables adorning great palaces, mosques and madrassas from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, to the Ben Yousef Madrassa in Marrakech, Morocco.
In each session we explore the zellige tile shapes, patterns and alternative underlying grids for composing patterns starting with a plain piece of paper and using a compass and straight edge to draw layers of lines and circles. The drawings and explorations of the first three sessions will culminate in students producing a final piece, bringing together their chosen variations to produce a complete zellige composition.
Recommended equipment and materials – Samira and OPEN have stocks which you may use to start. As you build confidence and enthusiasm Samira guides you in the best buys (she’s tried a few!)
Compass, ruler, pencil, A3 plain paper, eraser, sharpener, coloured pencils and fineliner pens
For full details visit www.samiramian.uk/equipment
A budding artist and experienced educator interested in tapping in to her 12 years teaching experience to lead Islamic Geometry workshops. Samira began studying this form if Islamic Art in September 2013 with The Art of Islamic Pattern. The genuinely inspirational teaching of the Adam Williamson & Richard Henry lead her to complete three 10 week courses and a field trip to Granada, Spain with them. She spent 2015 in Fez, Morocco, studying Arabic and in her spare time analysing, constructing and painting geometric patterns in the inspirational environment of the old Medina. She also went on to run a series of workshops there with the American Language Centre.
Since returning from Fez, Samira has begun running workshops closer to home in Harrow, Kingston, Leeds and Manchester and now Ealing. http://www.samiramian.uk/
How to find OPEN and the Orchard Cafe:
The cafe is part of the Green Man Lane regeneration development on Singapore Road in West Ealing. We are the opposite end of the road to the Ealing Magistrates Court opposite the mosque. There is a small surface car park and on road parking along Singapore Road which is free after 6.30pm. If you’re driving it might be better to put Eccleston Road in your sat nav – Singapore Road is off it.
If you use public transport: the nearest train station is West Ealing; the nearest underground station is Northfields on the Piccadilly line: buses 83, 207, 427 and Express 607 – bus stop is West Ealing Broadway and E3, E8 – bus stop is Melbourne Avenue. Walk up Brownlow Road beside Stacks to the café.